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Old 10-29-2007, 01:14 PM   #1
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The electronics cabinet on my Dutch Star had very poor ventilation, and the equipment would overheat and shut down.

There was a thread on the Alpine forum regarding the same issue, so it can be a problem in many rigs.

Newmar drilled 2 large holes in the side of my cabinet and installed 2 12V fans that they use in the rear of refrigerators.

The fans cured the overheating problem, but they were extremely loud.

I bought 2 Antec 120mm Smartcool fans from Amazon.com for about $19 each, and replaced the Newmar fans.

These fans are double ball bearing, variable speed which is controlled by an integral thermal sensor, and they are quieter than a worm wearing sneakers.



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The electronics cabinet on my Dutch Star had very poor ventilation, and the equipment would overheat and shut down.

There was a thread on the Alpine forum regarding the same issue, so it can be a problem in many rigs.

Newmar drilled 2 large holes in the side of my cabinet and installed 2 12V fans that they use in the rear of refrigerators.

The fans cured the overheating problem, but they were extremely loud.

I bought 2 Antec 120mm Smartcool fans from Amazon.com for about $19 each, and replaced the Newmar fans.

These fans are double ball bearing, variable speed which is controlled by an integral thermal sensor, and they are quieter than a worm wearing sneakers.



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Old 10-29-2007, 04:01 PM   #3
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Quote: "quieter than a worm wearing sneakers".

Wow! Now that's quiet!
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That's what I've been wanting to do. What is the brand/model# of the "integral thermal sensor"?
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The thermal sensor is part of the fan. You may be able to see it at 3 o'clock near the fan hub.

HERE is the fan at Amazon.

ANTEC web site.
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I know that when Sacs was building computers for a living...that he used Antec fans for a lot of the computers he built...which tells me that Route 66 did this right - Sacs has always used high quality parts!

Great Job, Dirk!
(...I will say that we have not had that problem with our Monaco - but give me time to cram in more electronics...and we might! )
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I really need to add fans to cool this area and what you have done fits the bill. BUT, how do you hook these fans up to electricity? I see that there is a connector with 4 sockets on each fan how does one integrate and then tie in to house socket or power?
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These are 12 volt fans, and there was an unused 12 volt wire and ground wire in the cabinet that was part of the satellite TV prep.

I have a switch to turn them off/on, but since they are so quiet, I leave them on constantly.

If you do not have 12 volts in the cabinet, it's not too difficult to run a couple of wires from the dash up the windshield pillar.
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